Nominations Open for 81st Person of the Year

Nominations are open for the 81st Annual Person of the Year awards. The Santa Barbara Foundation invites the community at large to nominate an individual, couple, or family to receive this year’s honor for exceptional community volunteer service in the Santa Barbara area.

Nominations may be submitted now through February 23, 2024 and may be made online at https://www.sbfoundation.org/person-of-the-year-nominations/.

Considered one of the Santa Barbara area’s most prestigious awards, Person of the Year honors individuals, couples, or families whose extraordinary service represents a meaningful commitment to the community; addresses a real community need or enhances the quality of life. Honorees may have demonstrated exemplary acts of generosity, kindness, or innovation in the community.

Recipients are selected from a wide range of candidates nominated by community members.

“We are honored to serve as the organizing sponsor for Person of the Year and to bring the community together to celebrate our neighbors who dedicate their time and talent to make life better for the South Coast,” explained Jackie Carrera, Santa Barbara Foundation President & CEO.

Honorees for 81st Person of the Year will be announced in March and honored at a luncheon on April 17, 2024 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort Rotunda.

More information about Person of the Year may be found at SBFoundation.org/PYAwards.

In 2023, Elisabeth Fowler and Joe Howell were named 80th Persons of the Year.

Person of the Year was known as Man and Woman of the Year until 2020. The first Man and Woman of the Year were Harold Chase in 1942 and Pearl Chase in 1956.

The Santa Barbara Foundation is grateful for the support of Legacy Sponsor Montecito Bank & Trust, Premier Media Sponsor Noozhawk, Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, and U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management.

Organizations or individuals interested in becoming a sponsor for the 81st Person of the Year awards may reach out to Kevin Kuga at KKuga@SBFoundation.org.

About Santa Barbara Foundation
The Santa Barbara Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Santa Barbara County for all who live, work, play and visit here. Working in partnership with individuals, community organizations, nonprofits, business, education and government, the Foundation strives to address our local communities’ most challenging needs. Recognizing that its work depends on the strength of the social sector, the Foundation is committed to the health and vitality of local nonprofits. Nearly every Santa Barbara County nonprofit organization and essential community project has been supported by the Foundation during its 95-year history. The Foundation connects philanthropists, subject matter experts, and our community members facing challenges – all who dream of stronger communities in Santa Barbara County. To learn more, please visit SBFoundation.org. 

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